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congress focus the on the future of the economy as well as the country, >> the future is ours to win. but to get there, we can't just stand still. we know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. we need to out innovate, out educate, and outbuild the rest of the world. this is our generation's sputnik moment. >> now, it the official republican response was delivered by wisconsin's paul ryan who accused the obama administration of exploding federal spending. >> it's no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high. the president and the democratic leadership have shown by their actions that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach. its price tag and its power. >> nbc's mike viqueira joins me live from the white house. i want to get straight to this. start with the government announcing some new information to all of us that the beginning of this april, they plan to
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ditch the color coded terror alert system. we're going to talk about the state of the union in a second. >> we learn this had about 0 minutes ago. apparently tomorrow, homeland security secretary janet napolitano is going to announce the color coded threat system will be phased out beginning tomorrow, as a matter of fact. running through april 27th. at that point, they're just going to go to a system of notifying the general public when threats arise from time to time. as pete williams our reporter at dhs has told us, this is not really a change in that the government has moved away from the color coded threat system. it has not changed since 2006, even after the underwear bomber two christmases ago, it stands at yellow or elevated at airports at orange or high. a formal change here but as a practical matter, not a really big changing. >> let's get back to last fight's speech then. is the white house reacting with happiness so far? we have to figure out the
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reaction to the reaction. what are they saying? >> it's interesting. they say in washington, where you stand depends upon where you sit. since members were sitting all over the house chamber, not the usual divided line in the middle of the chamber, that's almost symbolic in a way as was the gesture of sitting together because the reaction has been all over the map. there are some things in there that republicans have liked, for example, reducing or simplifying corporate tax code. that top corporate rate we've heard over and over again, the second highest of any nation in the country. other things the president has proposed like more spending on roads, on education, on infrastructure, research, high speed rail, $8 billion has been devote to the that from the stimulus project. the president says that's just a down payment. republicans say that is code word these investments that the president is talking about zrks code word for higher government spending and they are against that is given the events of last november 2nd when they won the majority in the house. they feel their mandate is to fight more spending. a freeze of domestic spending,
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nondiscretionary spending outside of the defense area, a relatively small area when you're talking about the 3 to $4 trillion in the yearly budget. but the president proposing to freeze that spending for the next five years. republicans saying that's not enough. we want to go back in some areas outside of defense, nondiscretionary spending. i'm sorry, discretionary spending to 2008 levels. there are going to be a lot of flesh on the president's proposals, a lot of flesh on those bones when the president puts forward his budget with details in february. we can expect a lot of back and forth at that time. thomas, there's that other looming deadline this spring when this nation's statutory debt limit, $14.3 trillion, is exceeded. you know about that fight. a lot of republicans say they are not going to vote to raise that debt limit which is a usually routine vote unless there is an agreement on reducing debt and spending. there's talk of coupling that with a simplify indication of
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the u.s. tax code. a lot of possibilities on the table. as it stands right now, the president in wisconsin today talking again in that high-minded rhetoric about winning the future. we can expect a lot of trips like this in the coming weeks from the president. vice president biden in indiana today at a battery manufacturing plant. other officials on the white house web page trying to seize momentum and push these initiatives. >> mike viqueira at the white house. thanks so much. the president spoke glowingly about the small towns and also the businesses that have had to reinvent themselves just to survive. the small town of braddock, pennsylvania, one of the hardest hit in the country. and gained notoriety, they badly need the investment. this was thanks to levi's when the jeans company decided to use them as the backdrop for some of their ads. take a look. ♪ keep on singing all day long hi ho, hiho. >> 90% of our town is in a
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landfill somewhere. reinvention is our only option. >> successful campaign. democrat john feather man is the mayor of braddock, pennsylvania. he joins me live from pittsburgh. good to have you back with us on the program. i want to talk about the state of the union from last night. the president mentioning that businesses that have had to reinvent themselves. is it possible for hard hit towns to do that when states are actually going bankrupt? >> it's, i mean, what i said in the commercial where it's reinvention is the only option for towns like braddock and other areas hit really hard, and the success which we enjoy or lack thereof is going to be determined in part also by the support we get from among others like the federal government. >> so we know levi's showcased your town in a series of their commercials. but what kind of help, if any, have you gotten from the state of the federal government when it comes to bringing industry and jobs back to tiny braddock?
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>> well, we certainly have -- we could certainly use more help, particularly from the federal level. we have a really large brownfield redevelopment site that's right next to town that could be a huge shot in the arm. we would love to get that going. we have a lot of shovel ready projects. now they're talking about cutbacks. from a state perspective, we now have a republican governor and republican-controlled legislature. so it's uncertain right now. >> so let's remind everybody what braddock is all about. it was the home of the first carnegie steel mill. can your town rise again and be home to the new kinds of industry that the president was talking about last night in his state of the union address? >> well, it's important to remember that braddock will never be what it was, this thriving bus ling town of 20,000 residents. but it has and continues to improve and get better. once again, it's going to require support from all levels, state, federal and locally. we're doing everything we can.
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with respect to the state of the union, i heard some really good positive things, particularly clean energy. i was privileged to be involved with the environmental defense fund helping with their campaign to get the cap and trade legislation passed last year. unfortunately, it didn't pass but it's nice to see the clean energy focus and that are that will generate jobs particularly in our area with steel production and what have you. >> mayor, i want to remind people about your credentials. you earned a masters from harvard. yet you took this incredible risk, some say incredible challenge to go back to braddock to be mayor. is there anything the president can do to inspire more americans to travel a path similar to yours? last night, did he speak to those young kids out there that said hey, if you want to grow up to be a teacher and serve your country, that could be the best thing you could do. is a path like yours another great thing americans can do? >> i wouldn't advise it. it's an choired taste, and i think i have the greatest job in
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the country but it's certainly presents challenges. i think the president did -- gave an excellent speech. i was for nat, you mentioned harvard, to have alan simpson as a professor at graduate school and he co-chaired the president's debt commission. if they want to get serious about debt, i think a lot of those recommendations are important and alan simpson was the picture of bipartisan ship when i had him as a professor. >> mayor fetterman continued success. we appreciate your time. >> thank you. it's a pleasure to be here always. >> for the second consecutive year, the u.s. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in afghanistan and iraq. it is eye-opening. it is staggering. the reasons have proven to be difficult to determine. but the numbers are inescapable as american forces and their families continue to deal with the pressures of almost a full
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decade of nonstop war. john donnelly writes for roll call and joins me live from washington to talk about this. john, the military reported 434 suicides in 2010. that's up significantly from the 381 service members who took their own lives back in 2009. but these numbers don't really tell the whole story. explain to viewers or, or do they? >> well, yes and no. they tell a lot of the story. we don't know how much of the story they don't tell. not include this those steaks are suicides that occur among certain reservists, people who are not on active duty. some reservists are included in there, some are not. veterans who have left the services and have moved on. but who served in iraq and afghanistan. if one of those people takes their lives, they're only include if they're on the v.a.'s health roles and only a small fraction of veterans are. there's large numbers that are excluded. but even this limited picture
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provides a very disturbing view of a trend that is getting worse. >> john, explain to all of us, there's a difference many people might not know in the kind of help that's available to reservists and then to the national guard troops compared to that of active duty troops. >> if you're in active duty. you're assigned to a unit. it's like you're in a family. there are a lot more regular contacts. for example, there are about 123,000 people members of what's called the individual ready reserve beacon call. there was a man named coleman bean from new jersey who took his own life in 2008 after he had served in iraq, he had come home, he was no longer attached to a unit. he was eligible for v.a. care but he was having a hard time making contact with the v.a. and essentially he fell through the cracks. congressman rush holt from new jersey is trying to get legislation passed that that would simply seemingly
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unobjectionable plan that would require phone calls to people like this every 90 days. but that has been blocked for two years in a row by senators. >> that provision has been removed from the final defense appropriations bill, as you point out, over the last two years. it is staggering these numbers to think about this. we continue these two different fronts, these two different wars. john donnelly, thanks for coming in. we appreciate your time. >> navigating the rules of healthy living can be mind boggling for people. does it seem like there's a new study every day telling you what's good for you and what isn't? we're going to sort through what you need to know about real medicine straight ahead. plus a surprise snowstorm with another one on way. yes, if you guessed that air travel would be affected, you would be right. we'll get you through the weather channel mess. the forecast is coming up next right here on msnbc. for three hours a week, i'm a coach.
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hi, everybody. welcome back. yes, it's winter. we know. it snows in the wintertime. it feels like this winter has been rough and it doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon. airports on the east coast dealing with weather delays and some areas could see a foot of snow by tomorrow. joining us now is the weather channel's jim cantore to explain what we should expect. tell me what you can see over the next 24 hours. >> just a few blocks from the capital, my friend, i've come to you with snow coming down and an inch or two an hour. i've come to you after the storm has been over. i'm come to you in freezing snow and sleet and now rain. which believe it or not in an hour and a half or so is going to change what could be a crippling snowstorm. north and west of washington, d.c., it is snowing and sleeting. the rain has picked up here in d.c. streets are bare but government
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offices closed down a couple hours early. unfortunately, people going north and west are going to be heading right into the teeth of this thing. this storm, a little different than the others, not so much for amounts because it's going to be another big dump. eight, 10, 12 inches. we're going to see a heavy wet snow. we could see power outages from d.c. up through philly into new york right in toward boston, which is really when the bulk of it is going to fall. we should be done by tomorrow morning. new york will have the tail end of this storm as will boston as they'll still be accumulating snow. hartford, within hours of setting their all-time snowiest january on record. another winter, more snow fall records. >> we'll keep chugging along with it. jim cantore. thanks, jim. >> what's good for your health, it's probably justifiable because every big announcement
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seems to be followed by an oh, never mind you shouldn't do that. first they tell us to eat the big breakfast to maintain weight. then they suggest a study saying it doesn't help us if we want to maintain our weight. what are you supposed to believe? sharon begley is with "newsweek" magazine and a contributory "the daily beast" and joins me to help us get through the weeds on this. is there any point staying on top of these stories and figuring how we can best implement them into your 0 lives? a lot of us when we hear a new health fad, we jump right on. >> you buy the antioxidants or eat a big breakfast. >> absolutely, acai all the way. >> one week garlic is good for you, the other week it doesn't make a difference. there are some constants. we shouldn't say there is no medical research that makes a difference in our lives. you can take to the bank smoking is not a good idea. drinking to excess is not a good idea. uncontrolled high blood pressure is not a good idea.
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it's the so-called flavors of the month where you have to be careful. >> explain why do so many baseless claims make news then? >> because the media lops them up. >> are you looking an right at me? >> also at myself in the mirror. also because there are 10,000 biomedical journals. they have to feed the beast. a study that looks cool and sexy and might indeed have an effect on people's lives, the journals lap them up, as well. >> talk about the journals specifically. which are we supposed to believe? which ones really do have the credibility and the ones that we should pay attention to and when we hear about them, give it a second look. >> here's where it gets tricky. the journals that have the best reputation, the "new england journal of medicine," the journal of the ama, lan set in the united kingdom, all of them have published research which turns out to be incorrect. it's not a question of fraud. but science makes mistakes or in the first population that you
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study, the first 25, 50 people, it looks like something is helpful. then you do the next study and it turns out to fall part. >> is it in a rush to get things out? that's why the mistakes are made. >> that's a big part. plus journals where they do deserve some of the blame, they are very tloeth publish negative findings. if a scientist looks whether tomatoes will reduce your risk of prostate cancer, if they find we don't find that, journals tend not to be interested. but tomatoes will keep you from getting prostate cancer, there it is. >> that's the pearl of wisdom do leave today with. thanks so much for coming. we appreciate you coming in with that. anger and government distrust boils over in egypt. look at that massive protest organized over twitter and facebook. they force a social media sut shutdown in that country. we'll take you to cairo next on msnbc. >> fim time for the entrepreneur
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today egyptian authorities have arrested 700 people has they crack down on anti-government rallies and riots. u.s. officials are also standing behind citizens' rights to protest. >> as we monitor this situation carefully, we call on all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violence. >> yesterday, tens of thousands of protesters organized what they called a day of wrath. nbc news producer is in cairo and joins us on the phone. charlene, what have you been seeing on the streets? >> reporter: protesters began by demanding that the government lift martial law and force the minister of interior to resign. now they're demanding president mubarak step down and today started slowly. life was back to normal. it started with a warning from the minister of the interior who said no demonstrators would be tolerated to protest today. that was what happened. the police confronted them
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wherever they were. in this were small breakout groups through cairo. hundreds of pro efforters. the tv building was surrounded by riot police. the biggest demonstrations took front in front of the lawyer and journalist unions where police freely beat them with truncheons. protesters burned tires and threw rocks and fought off police. two civilians had been killed yesterday. they were communicating on twitter but access to that has been blocked and now they're forced to distribute instructions by facebook. the message is huge protests are planned for this friday after noon prayer services. >> charlene, how is hosni mubarak responding, if at all? >> he hasn't. the odd thing is he hasn't responded at all. he hasn't said one word, nor has any member of his government except for the minister of the interior who has threatened to
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prosecutor any violators who would demonstrate. >> charlene, explain why has this is bubbled up to the surface to the levels we're seeing now? >> more than half of egyptians live at or below the poverty line. the people are facing a lot of poverty here. they can't afford rising is food prices, can't afford rents for the apartments here. 24-year-olds, 30-year-olds, can't get married. they can't afford to get married. and unemployment is double digits here. so people are very, very frustrated. the government has done very little to alleviate the poverty they're feeling and the rise in food prices, et cetera and suppression by the police. almost what you could call a police state. that's why their anger has bubbled to the surface. >> producer charlene in cairo for us. stay safe. back here, police officers are burying their own at an alarming rate across the country.
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you're going to find out why the u.s. department of justice is now getting involved. plus ---ing. >> we're not going to have growth. >> economics 101. cutting doesn't produce growth. econ 101. >> econ 101 spending doesn't promote growth. >> this tv date went south really fast. what happened. we started off so well. >> they are back. after pond's showdown. the post state of the union fireworks coming up next. this is msnbc. the place for politics.
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dropped more than 14% on the year before. some credit card issuers that raised fees are easing back on that. bank of america, wells fargo and others have stopped imposing penalty interest rates on late paying borrowers. american express and citi bank have stopped foreign transaction fees on their cards. thomas, back to you. >> appreciate it. so the phrase "it was okay" that's how john boehner, the republican house speaker is describing president obama's state of the union address last night. hardly a ringing endorsement. luke russert joins us from capitol hill. luke, just okay. that's the phrase being used, huh? >> short and sweet from speaker boehner. as you know, thomas, speaker boehner is definitely not a long-winded man. i asked him today what he thought about it. he said it was okay. that's the way he sees a lot of things. what was interesting is he really sees a future where he could work with the president on education reform.
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and possibly tax reform. the real battle as we saw last night and the way mr. boehner clapped will be a war over spending. he said he liked the president talked about cutting spending. he wants to see if the rhetoricing will turn into reality. >> bring us up to speed about the senate holding its first ever tea party caucus. >> there is a caucus in the house of representatives headed by michele bachmann who gave her own state of the union response last night. over in the senate, there's starting to become a tea party caucus, as well. senator jim demint along with mike lee from utah and rand paul from kentucky held their first meeting today over in the united states senate. and essentially, these are three senator who's really use the tea party tore raise a lot of money for their campaigns and in the case of rand paul to get him elected. we probably won't be as large a caucus in the senate as we have in the house which has dozens of
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members. they are no doubt a presence on capitol hill, the fact they went through the process of bringing in tea party groups today and hearing their concerns. they certainly have not forgotten about them yet at all. >> i've got to ask you about this there are reports dennis kucinich is suing is the house cafeteria over an olive because of some dental work? >> this is an amazing story. dennis kucinich, the representative from ohio, is suing the house cafeteria for $150,000 because in 2008, he bit into a wrap that contained an olive in it with a pit, as you know, there is a hack when eating olives. apparently it caused permanent dental damage to his mouth. he's, in fact, suing for $150,000. there is no official comment from his office, but there is a lawsuit. we have seen the documents. it will be interesting to see where this story goes forward. who knows, thomas, maybe there will be a surgeon's general warning next time have you
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anything that contains olives on it. certainly an odd story. it's very serious today. >> did he get a platinum-colored tooth or something? 1g 50 grand for i an tooth. >> if i got 150 grand every time i've bitten into a pitted olive, i would be wearing the same type of suits as matt lauer. that's something we've all done in this day and age. happy birthday to my mom watching right now. i love you. happy 50th birthday, mom. >> we love maureen too around here. luke, thanks so much. talk to you again soon. so the speech is over. and now president obama is selling his mandate. here to weigh in on where the white house and the congress go from here, prin sell la smith, republican stat gist and joy ann read with the read report and a columnist with the miami herald. we had a great talk on monday. it's good to have you back with me. i want to begin with this. we noted that we saw the term
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innovation used multiple times in the speech last night. take a listen to this. i'm going to ask you on the other side what you think it means. >> first step in winning the future is encouraging american innovation. in america, innovation doesn't just change our lives. our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. we unleashed a wave of innovation. we need to get behind this innovation if we want it to produce jobs in america, all these investments in innovation, education. >> princeella are we supposed to be the innovation nation or what. >> i said previously he would use words like that. obviously no one's against improving our education system. but president obama used terms also about increasing spending for high speed rail projects and so a lot of times he kind of used these words and cloaked it into sounding so wonderful but really it's just another repackaged form of a stimulus. and i think we saw over the past
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couple years that this excessive spending does not create jobs. so you know, you mentioned earlier that people's response to the speech was ah, it was okay. that's about what it was, okay. we'll see when the president introduces his budget in a few weeks. we'll see how serious he is about cutting spending and making sure we're doing the right things to create jobs, not just these cloaked flowery words that don't have that much backing. >> joann, how can we explain this innovation translating for 15 million unemployed americans? what does that mean for people at home saying hey, i want to get back to work? >> i mean i think what's interesting is the president used a common term in business and corporate board rooms, innovation, investments. he spoke the language of business, which i thought was interesting. i listen to my "morning joe." aaron burnett was saying business loved the speech and thought it was more than just okay because he was talking about the things that produce jobs and innovation is one of
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them. i think what the president did last night was he kind of boxed republicans in because they, too, understand in order to grow the economy, you have to allow business to innovate. that means r&d, being able to write off research and development. it means fixing corporate tax policy, fixing personal income tax policy. all are things that are good buzz words for business. when business is happy, they'll start to create jobs. >> i want to jump over to the republican response. princeella we saw paul ryan giving the republican response. did he offer any concrete solutions to the unemployment issue? how does cutting the federal spending help 15 million americans out there that are saying where's my job in i want to get backing to work. >> look again, like i just said, we just did a heck of a lot of spending. he hasn't created a single job. i think congressman ryan sounded very practical, one of the best republican responses we've had for a while. back to what my friend miss reid was alluding to, if we want to
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create a business-friendly environment and bring back more jobs, we need to do things specifically that i didn't hear like eliminate the capital gains tax and create a more friendly environment in this country and encourage businesses to keep jobs here. if we find a way to control the debt, we will send a message to the international community at large as well as within the united states that we're serious about controlling the debt. so this is -- it's more than just about a republican versus democrat and who's using the right buzz words. it's seriously getting specific about creating jobs and reducing spending. so i think congressman ryan did a fantastic job. >> i want ask you though, when it comes to our country and party system, joann do we have a three-party system? the democrats, the republicans and the tea party giving its response. does this say the conservatives
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are confused? >> i thought it was very interesting that the republicans sort of lost control of their rebuttal. you had paul ryan giving this dorur, he reminded me of an irs agent saying everything is bad. it was very negative. it wasn't hopeful. right behind him came this really rather bizarre response from michelle bachmann. she kind of went rogue. when have you two different voices speaking for the republican party, i think it's a confusing message for their base but democrats couldn't have been more unified. i think in a way you have 2 1/2 parties because the tea party movement is part of the republican party. but it's the part that's dragging the republican party away from the kind of hopeful reaganesque message that barack obama actually presented last night. >> princeella, what do you think? is the republican side divided? because you know, and we have to talk about the fact there was the blurring of the aisle with people sitting together and then we get these twos responses from the republican party and michele bachmann representing the tea party. >> i think the liberals'
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favorite channel on television is tnt because they know drama. i love how they love to split the republican party. >> the republicans are providing the drama. they're providing the drama. they show up. they're giving it to you. michele bachmann is looking over here, not looking in the camera. come on. >> i love you both. look, michele bachmann needed to -- whoever did her setup, it was awful. her speech was fine but the setup was awful. listen the republican party welcomes people of various viewpoints whether or not the media likes to say that we do or not. we have some that are more conservative than others and the tea partiers swept in, a majority of republican congress this time. it still all favored the republican party. we welcome various voices. it doesn't mean everyone's going to agree on everything. that's fine. look, i will cede the point whoever was doing the camera -- i don't know what happened there. >> i'm glad sfa -- >> i was going to say make sure
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everyone in your caucus is on the mothership. i'm not sure michele bachmann was last night. i'm sure saturday night live is well set up for sated. >> was that your last dig at me? make sure that president obama is more friendly to republicans this time, too. because you know, he says he wants bipartisanship but he didn't talk to them till the health care bill rolled around. >> what is it with you two? you save it all till the end. i try to thank you both. you lock skulls. >> thank you. >> thank you both for talking to me. i appreciate your time today. so the nation's terror alert system is going to be gone by april 27th. tomorrow the homeland security department is expected to announce the phasing out of the color coded system. the government hasn't made a change in the alert levels since 2006. pete williams, justice correspondent, joins me now from washington, d.c. pete, why now? why changing the system after it was created and what some people have said has been successful
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since 2001? >> well, everybody's i think saw this coming. it hasn't been used since 2006 as you said. but if you look at the last three big terror attack attempts, you had the christmas day bombing attempt the end of christmas 2009, the attempted car bombing in times square, then the package bombs discovered on cargo planes last fall. none of those times was the terror threat level changed. what i think homeland security believes here is that it's outlived its usefulness. maybe it was the right response in the days after 9/11 but now, the system is a little more tuned up. people know what to do in terms of the government because remember, this threat system was intended to send a message to the government as much as anybody. there's always been a question what the public was supposed to do. that was never clearly understood.
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so i think they feel that there's a better -- there are all these centers around the country, these fusion centers where the government communicates with local officials. so i think they just feel it's outlived its usefulness, doesn't serve much of a purpose and no longer needed. >> when it comes to other areas of national security, we have only ramped up on issues of our security, not taken away or called something not useful. so i think people at home might be confused by this. doesn't that also send an international message that we're being more vigilant and paying attention, we're looking out for people trying to come into this country and try to pull some terrorist attack like we saw with the christmas day bomber, the underwear bomber? >> i think the government would say that its actions speak louder than its colors maybe. that when they send out intelligence to local folks, when he they come out publicly and say what's happened, that's the real test. additional -- look at the changes that have been made, the
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full-body scans, the searches of people. the advisory on not taking insulated containers, drink containers. ban on liquids. all those things are actions. they're specific things that i think maybe send a message you're talking about, more so than the sort of arbitrary changing from yellow to orange. >> it's supposed to go away by the end of april. pete, good to see you, sir. >> you bet. if you think that president obama is focused on innovation, wait till you see what our own dylan rhadigan is up today. he kicks off the second leg of his tour focused on what else, innovation and joins me live from the mayo clinic in minnesota where it's all about bringing high quality low cost health care to america. and dylan, high quality low cost health care, nothing against the mayo clinic. it's kind of an oxymoron. what are they doing at the mayo clinic to make that can a reality for those? >> thomas, good afternoon to you. as far as the president's
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message, i think this is a case of it's better to be lucky than good. we're all on the same page, if anything, it shows that the values in this country maybe are focusing more and more on jobs. i find that incredibly encouraging and invovation was a job creator. and what we're really celebrating here today, thomas, is a very simple value system that does allow them to provide incredibly high quality health care the an a low cost. it's simple. instead of a fee for service, doctors charging you for this and that and the other thing, they've got teams of doctors that work here on a shared value system which is that the primary value of this institution is the interest of the patient and they work as a team on salary to get that the done. it's not rocket science. it's basically the foundation from which all of this incredible science, all of this incredible innovation springs from a culture based on a group of people working together as a team to solve a problem, in this case, it's a group of doctors
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that go back to the 1800s with william mayo and his two sons, sort of the first team. he established that culture. and the show today really is just to celebrate the simplicity of that message, and i think the more you understand how simple that message is, a team of people working on salary as a group to solve a problem, in this case, the interests of patients is not only something that already exists in this country, hugely so here, but it's being duplicated in other parts of the country. we'll talk to the head of the ama how we might get more of this. the interesting thing is it's pretty simple. you work together as a group. you solve a problem. and your focus is on the problem be. >> dylan rhatigan from the mayo clinic. we'll see you at the top of the hour. we'll be following the steel on wheels tour throughout the week right here on msnbc. and m. ♪ now people everywhere are getting a deep clean and fresher mouth
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an alarming story on the medical front to talk about today. federal officials say the number of americans with type ii diabetes has jumped to almost 26 million while as many as 76 million have what is known as prediabetes or blood sugar levels that are too high. robert bazell is chief science and health correspondent. joins us in the studio now. bob, these numbers are coming to us from the cdc. do they say why the number of americans are on the rise? >> there's two reasons. one is the most common one is the obesity epidemic. it is related to diabetes very strongly. that's a very important reason not to the put on weight because diabetes increases the risk for heart disease, kidney disease. all kinds of health problems. it's a serious issue. reason number one. reason two is associated with age. we hear about younger kids getting diabetes because they're heavy but also as the population ages more people have diabetes because your chances of getting it are more the older you get. the third reason is that doctors
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have gotten better at diagnosing it. it's only been in the last decade or so doctors understood if you get diabetes under control, keep your blood sugar at a level amount, then you can escape some of these health problems. >> what's going to be surprising to most people is that they are saying almost up to 7 million americans don't know they have the disease and that it's the million and the seventh leading cause of death? >> it is. it could even be higher, but it is a serious problem. the cdc has projected if the numbers keep going the way they're going, within 40 years, by 2050, 1 in 3 americans will have diabetes. this is a public health crisis. >> are there groups of americans more prone to risk? >> indeed, some groups particularly say native-americans are very highly -- but also many minorities have especially high risk factors, some is genetics, some poor diet. >> symptoms, though?
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if someone is watching this, maybe feels that something is off? >> that's one of the dangerous things about de bites. there's no obvious symptoms. it is really a silent disease, like blood pressure. you really need a simple blood test to determine it. this is one of the things that is most important in preventive health care. simplgts okay. bob, thanks so much. chief science and health correspond. so three weeks after the tragedy in tucson, some very good news for gabby giffords. that tops the headlines after a quick break right here on msnbc. stay with me. [ male announcer ] got a cold? [ coughs ] [ male announcer ] confused what to get? click on the robitussin relief finder. click on your symptoms. get the right relief. makes the cold aisle easy. the robitussin relief finder. it's that simple. ♪ [ upbeat instrumental ]inder. [ rattling ]
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well cull back, everybody. gabby giffords is now at a rehab facility in houston after nearly three weeks since the shooting, doctors upgraded her situation from serious to good. a new york judge has upheld
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hate crime charge against a college student who was accused of slashing the neck of a cabdriver. mike at enwright pleaded not guilt in the august stabbing, but the judge says there is enough evidence to indict him, he asked the cabby if he was a muslim before attacking him. the national weather service reports a torn touch downed in south florida on tuesday night. homeowners in boca rattan woke up to this storm damage. there are no records of injuries related to the stormy weather, but quite a mess. thanks for joining mess. don't go anywhere, though, "the dylan ratigan show" is up next. it's the steel on wheels tour. he's at the mayo clinic. stay tuned. that's how we created purina one with smartblend. nutritionally optimized with
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care system. we trail when it comes to actual treatment. a disparity that's truly a matter of life and death. big drug deals, my god, my health care bill is still going up. >> hospitals and insurance companies have greater control. >> the fundamental way we deliver health care hasn't been touched. >> we have way too much cost and we don't have access for everybody. >> the cure is not some magic political pill. it's innovating, it's saving, revolutionizing health care in america. right now steel on wheels rolls on. live from the mayo clinic in the great state of minnesota, the doctor will see you now.

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